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April 14, 2011: Volume 11, Number 50


It's All About the Kids


Today's youth are inspirational. For them, every day is a new adventure filled with opportunities to explore, be creative, and most importantly have fun. As part of the Maine Winter Sports Center in Aroostook County, Maine I have been privileged to be inspired nearly every day this winter by these amazing kids.


Exploration is an essential part of a child's day to day activities. In skiing, exploring allows people to learn their limits, learn what they can do well and what they need to improve. Our youth programs have kids exploring everyday; whether it is figuring out how to hit a jump or how to ski on snowshoe trails this exploration has allowed them to improve both their balance and coordination.


Creativity is key. Follow the Leader, Sharks and Minnows, hundreds of versions of tag games all help keep the attention of youth during outings. These games are always fun, and if changed up from time to time, never seem to get old. Kids are always giving new ideas to change the rules to make the game more challenging or more fun. This creative side keeps everyone's attention, and makes the time having fun seem to fly by.


Everything comes down to having fun, because if it isn't fun, what is the point of doing it. A child who is having fun on skis is improving their skills every time. In Aroostook County, we always celebrate how much fun it is to be on skis during our annual Aroostook Youth Ski Festival. From radar runs and a terrain park to barrel races and tag games, the Aroostook Youth Ski Festival celebrated what winter offers to our youth.


Spending so much time with youth this winter has inspired me to put more exploration, creativity, and fun into my everyday life. It is important for everyone to do this, whether you are a kid or not. After all, we are all kids at heart.


Michael Lessard

Maine Winter Sports Center-Athlete



Transition or Recovery Phase (Spring)

Recover from the physical, mental and emotional stresses of training and racing. Complete rest is fine, but active rest is better.

Preparation: Begin building into your modes of training.


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Athlete Self Analysis  


Place a check in the box on the right

that best agrees with the statement on the left.




Not Really


I can ski forever





I do best in 50km races





I do well on long gradual hills





I do best in 30km races





I do well with an even race pace





I can only go medium hard/fast





I do best in 15km races





I rule!





I do best in 10km races





I can go very hard/fast





I do well with a varying pace





I do best in 5km races





I do well on short, steep hills





I do best in 1-2km sprint races





I have a great sprint





Checks moving from upper left to lower right indicate strength in Endurance and a weakness in speed. Checks moving from upper right to lower left indicate strength in speed and a weakness in endurance. Checks pushed right in the middle of the graph indicate a high-end fitness weakness, such as low Vo2, lactate threshold and/or poor economy. Only testing at a qualified lab can determine where your physiological weakness in this zone lies.

You can gain some beneficial information from analyzing your performances in your five best and five worst races. See if you can find trends that might help indicate your strengths, weaknesses (area's of greatest opportunity) with regard to fitness, strategy, diet and your race and pre-race habits. Things to consider are the race distance, technique, individual or mass start, snow and weather conditions (cold/warm, soft/hard tracks), course type (hilly, flat, steep, gradual), strategy (start hard/easy, attack the hills or ski an even tempo), nutrition (general, morning of, day before), other (travel, sleep, emotional state, race size






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